moral philosophy


: ethics
also : the study of human conduct and values

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The bottom line, according to these thinkers, is that deliberation is based not so much on abstract principle as on empathy, and that relationships have value that is often neglected in moral philosophy and international relations. Greta Uehling, The Conversation, 22 Aug. 2022 These were lonely books which some readers would have called novels, but which the plainsmen called moral philosophy. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 25 July 2022 In postwar Oxford, the four philosophers at the heart of this absorbing history—Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley, and Iris Murdoch—came together to give new life to moral philosophy. The New Yorker, 20 June 2022 Quartz took a look at what the fields of ethics and moral philosophy have to say. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 8 June 2022 These ideas, though sympathetic, demonstrable and central to the book’s moral philosophy, feel more like learning moments than storytelling. Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2022 As ever with climate change, answering that question to satisfaction would require Ph.D.s in mechanical engineering, world history, and moral philosophy. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 29 Oct. 2021 Philosophy professor Jeremy Fischer, who teaches ethics and moral philosophy, resigned Aug. 16, two days before the opening of Fall semester at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Lee Roop |, al, 20 Aug. 2021 As well as pondering moral philosophy, the NBC series subverts sitcom stereotypes by replacing character consistency with drastic development. Leah Dolan, CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of moral philosophy was in the 15th century

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“Moral philosophy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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